U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 20 Jan – Sun 22 Jan, 2017

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest Blumhouse Production Split (3,038 screens) absolutely pummeled the box office for a $39.1m opening weekend on an $12,870 screen average. The $9m production scored a 74% fresh result from rotten tomatoes and comes in as Shyamalan’s 4th best opening of all time behind 2002’s Signs ($60.1m), 2004’s The Village ($50.4m) and 2010’s The Last Airbender ($40m). It also outgrossed 2015’s The Visit‘s $25.45m opening weekend by 30.4%. That opening weekend result should put the film in the $80-$85m domestic box office range. For James McAvoy, it’s his best opening outside the X-Men franchise since 2008’s Wanted did $50m. Either way, M. Night Shyamalan and Jason Blum are, once again, laughing all the way to the bank on this puppy.

xXx: The Return Xander Cage (3,561 screens) came in silver with $20m for the $85m production, landing a screen average of $5,616. Sporting a 42% rotten score, these types of films rarely get looked on favourably with reviewers, this third installment is reliant on fans of the franchise and those Fast & Furious nuts who want to follow Vin Diesel. When Diesel does stray from that franchise it generally means dudsville (The Last Witch Hunter did $25m domestically on a $90m budget) and this one looks to be a $60m grosser for the United States. That result, on the bright side for the franchise, is more double xXx: State of the Union‘s $26.87m domestic haul but I doubt it will be enough to justify a 4th installment unless it goes absolutely gang busters internationally. If it can hit a 62% international market share, that’ll put the global gross at roughly $157.9m, then there might be life in it yet.

Hidden Figures (3,416 screens) drops only 25% for a $16.8m weekend to bring the domestic haul to $83m. There’s still plenty of bounty left in this and from here a $130m+ result could be realised and, depending on how Oscar wants to treat it with the nominations announced this week, it might just get a resurgence to see it ascend the charts once more.

Sing (3,193 screens) slips 40% to take $8.6m and bring its haul to circa $249m domestically and overtaking Disney’s Moana for domestic animated dominance for the Christmas/New Year period.

La La Land (1,865 screens) drops 41% for $8.3m to bring its domestic cume to $89.5m. Whilst that might be read as a sharp drop this weekend, it is post Golden Globes wins which bolstered last weekend’s haul and this week we have the Oscar nominations where La La Land will be the most heavily nominated film in the field. $130m.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2,603 screens) is falling away now, slipping 50% for $6.75m to bring its mammoth take to $511.9m after 6 weeks in play.

Monster Trucks (3,119 screens) fell 42%, which is a better hold than expected, for a $6.3m weekend to bring the gross to $21.8m.

Patriot’s Day (3,120 screens) collapses in week 2 of expansion, falling 54% for a $5.3m result. That brings the local total to $23m for the $45m production and, given the flag waving pro-American nature of the film, it can only be considered a real disappointment for all involved. This is the second time in a row that U.S. heroism stories from Peter Berg & Mark Wahlberg have disappointed in their home country. Last year’s Deepwater Horizon grossed $61.4m domestically on a $110m budget which is extremely disappointing given a) how good the action sequences are and b) the Pro-Americana of it. Maybe, given the Presidential inauguration and everything swirling around that has exhausted this market? Maybe people are just growing tired of these sorts of films? For Patriot’s Day it’s looking like a $30m finish.

In Cinemas Friday 27 January, 2017 – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, A Dog’s Purpose, Gold, Un Padre No Tan Padre

Figures from Deadline

1.) Split (UNI/Blumhouse) 3,038 theaters / $14.6M Fri (includes $2M previews) / $16.5M Sat. (+13%) / $9M Sun. (-45%) / 3-day: $39M+ to $40.1M / Wk 1

 2.) xXx: The Return Xander Cage (PAR/REV) 3,561 theaters / $7.1M Fri. (includes $1.2M) / $8.2M Sat. (+16%) / $4.9M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day: $19.5M to $20M+ / Wk 1

3.) Hidden Figures (Fox) 3,416 theaters (+130) / $4.4M Fri (-19%) / $7.3M Sat. (+65%) / $4.2M Sun. (-38%) / 3-day: $16.2M (-22%) / Total cume: $84M+ / Wk 5

4.) Sing (ILL/UNI), 3,193 theaters (-500) / $1.9M Fri. (-33%) / $4.5M Sat. (+137%) / $2.5M Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $8.9M (-40%) / Total: $249.3M / Wk 5

5.) La La Land (Lionsgate) 1,865 (+17) / $2.4M Fri. (-39%) / $3.8M Sat. (+58%) / $2.1M Sun. (-45%) / 3-day: $8.3M / Total: $89M to $90M / Wk 7

6.) Rogue One (DIS), 2,603 theaters (-559) / $1.74M Fri. (-46%) / $3.5M Sat. (+103%) / $1.75M Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $7M / Total: $512.2M / Wk 6

7.) Monster Trucks (PAR) 3,119 theaters (0) / $1.39M Fri. (-46%) / $3.5M Sat. (+150%) / $1.9M Sun. (-45%) / 3-day: $7M (-38%) / Total: $22.6M / Wk 2

8.) Patriot’s Day  (CBS/LG), 3,120 theaters  (0) / $1.6M Fri (-61%) / $2.9M (+85%) / $1.49M Sun. (50%) / 3-day: $6M  / Total: $23.7M / Wk 5

9/10.) The Bye Bye Man (STX) 2,220 theaters (0) / $1.1M Fri. (-80%) / $1.6M Sat. (+47%) / $820K Sun. (-50%) / 3-day: $3.48M (-74%) / Total: $20M+ / Wk 2

Sleepless (OR) 1,803 theaters (0) / $984K to $1M Fri. (-67%) / $1.6M Sat. (+68%) / $820K Sun. (-50%) / 3-day: $3.46M (-59%) / Total: $14.9M / Wk 2

11.) The Founder (TWC) 1,115 theaters / $985K to $1M Fri. (includes $105K previews) / $1.5M Sat. (+57%) / $944K Sun. (-40%) / 3-day: $3.4M / Wk 1